Saying Goodbye to 2020…and Engaging in a New Beginning in 2021

Tonight we say goodbye to 2020. If we look carefully, each of us can find blessings bestowed upon us in 2020. We should cherish those and praise God for the bright spots in an otherwise difficult year. Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve while being cooped up at home? How about creating a list of blessings from this year, then offer each one up to God as a sacrifice of praise!

If we fail to see the blessings, we get bogged down in complaints, which brings nothing but frustration and depression. So, let’s consider a different perspective!

Dr David Jeremiah recently shared a message of encouragement about the grace of our God of new beginnings. Have you ever thought about the grand design of hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, etc? They clearly illustrate continual renewal! Our God is a “start over” God, allowing new beginnings every time our clocks and calendars cycle through. God grants us new beginnings at any time!

So, let’s consider the looming new beginning…the start of 2021. Some of us need a fresh start, and what better time than now, as we start a new year. What does your new beginning look like? Here’s a glimpse of some of my commitments:

  • Each new day, I will add at least one blessing the Lord granted during that day to a list that will be my sacrifice of praise at the end of 2021.
  • Each new week, I will find at least one way to bless someone without them knowing the source of the blessing.
  • Each new month, I will study a different book of the Bible.

What are your ideas? What do you want 2021 to look like? At this time next year, what blessings do you want to offer as a sacrifice of praise? Why not set a few easy-to-accomplish goals for each day, each week and each month in 2021 and see what joy it brings as you accomplish them.

But remember…God is God of fresh starts! If you miss your goal one day, one week or one month, pick up the plan afresh and keep pressing forward! Take advantage of second chances, and yearn to do what is pleasing to the Lord!

I am reminded of Jesus’ comment in Luke 2 when, as a young boy, he was separated from his family who came looking for Him. When asked why He had not remained with the family, Jesus responded, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (verse 49)

Let’s make 2021 a year of being about the Father’s business…and if we fail, we start afresh the next day, week or month!

Thanks for following during 2020, and I look forward to our time together in 2021! Happy New Year!

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